If you scroll back in the blog archives to June 17th 2011 (ie. today’s date, ten years ago), you’ll see a small post titled The Week in Pictures #1.
Thank you, ranger Talley Smith, for this gift, that is now rapidly approaching its 500th iteration.
Talley Smith was a guide at Londolozi for many years and is one of our great legends. To find out a bit more about her story watch the video below, as we owe the legacy of the TWIP to her:
Names that are now just fragrant leaves pressed in the book of memory appear there; the Camp Pan male, the Ravenscourt female leopard, the Sparta pride and the Majingilane coalition…
There is also a spelling error in “Bateleur” that I will take great pleasure in informing Talley about, and that I know she will claim was simply a typo.
In life you always get told how that first step is the most important one to take. Every journey begins that way, with the end nowhere near in sight, and hopefully this particular one is a journey without end. It will just keep going from strength to strength.
I’m not going to go back to work out the exact number, but it’s big. And I’m fairly confident that much like Talley’s denial of her spelling error, she will also have had no clue about the reach her spontaneous post from a decade ago was destined to have.
Off the top of my head something like 30 different rangers have contributed pictures over the years (this number I will go and verify), so it’s more than just a photographic archive; it’s a legacy left by some of Londolozi’s finest photographers and guides.
We’ll be running a more comprehensive post in a month’s time when we reach our 500th TWIP milestone, so for now will confine ourselves to simply saying “Happy Birthday to The Week in Pictures!”, and thank you very much to blog follower Michael Fleetwood for reminding us about this particular date (our sights were set on the 500th landmark so we might have missed the actual birthday!).
We hope that TWIP has in some small way kept you connected to the wilderness each Friday, and continues to do so for years to come…